Seres Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: MCRB), a leading microbiome therapeutics company, today announced preliminary microbiome data analyses from the Phase 2b ECO-RESET study evaluating SER-287 in patients with mild-to-moderate ulcerative colitis (UC). Following the topline clinical data readout in July, which noted that the SER-287 Phase 2b study did not achieve its primary endpoints, analysis of the microbiome data demonstrated the successful engraftment of SER-287 bacterial species. The Company continues to conduct analyses on its SER-287 and SER-301 UC clinical stage programs to inform next steps for further development.
Based on the SER-287 Phase 2b microbiome data analyses, engraftment of SER-287 bacteria was statistically significant in patients receiving SER-287 versus placebo (p ≤ 0.001 at all timepoints). The magnitude and kinetics of engraftment were comparable to Seres’ Phase 1b study. However, unlike the Phase 1b study, anticipated changes in disease-relevant metabolites post-administration with SER-287 in the Phase 2b study were not observed.
Analysis of the genomic and metabolomic data characterizing the microbiome of SER-287 study participants at baseline and post dosing suggest potential biomarkers for inclusion in future development efforts. UC is a biologically and clinically heterogeneous disease and the Company believes that a biomarker-based patient selection approach may enable future development to focus on individuals most amenable to a microbiome-based therapeutic intervention.
“Our SER-287 Phase 2b data suggests that there may be an opportunity to utilize biomarker-based patient selection in our future UC development efforts. We continue to evaluate SER-287 study data, while also examining preliminary SER-301 Phase 1b study clinical and microbiome data, including analysis of changes in disease-relevant metabolites. We expect to provide a further update on these programs and our plans for future development in UC in the coming months,” said Eric Shaff, Chief Executive Officer at Seres.
About Seres Therapeutics
Seres Therapeutics, Inc., (Nasdaq: MCRB) is a leading microbiome therapeutics company developing a novel class of multifunctional bacterial consortia that are designed to functionally interact with host cells and tissues to treat disease. Seres’ SER-109 program achieved the first-ever positive pivotal clinical results for a targeted microbiome drug candidate and has obtained Breakthrough Therapy and Orphan Drug designations from the FDA. The SER-109 program is being advanced for the treatment of recurrent C. difficile infection and has potential to become a first-in-class FDA-approved microbiome therapeutic. Seres is evaluating SER-301 in a Phase 1b study in patients with ulcerative colitis and SER-155 in a Phase 1b study to address gastrointestinal infections, bacteremia and graft-versus-host disease. For more information, please visit www.serestherapeutics.com.
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